Triple injury boost for Everton from Barkley, Distin and Oviedo

As John Stones and Kevin Mirallas were confirmed out for a number of weeks the return of another trio has lifted the gloom slightly at Goodison Park.

It has certainly not appeared to be a good day for Everton on the injury front today. Roberto Martinez has confirmed that John Stones will be out of action for 10-14 weeks as his ankle ligament injury requires surgery.

Meanwhile his update on Kevin Mirallas' hamstring did not offer much reassurance. Martinez has confirmed that the Belgian winger is out of action for a number of weeks with a 'typical sprinting injury'.

With Everton also sitting just one place above the relegation zone it is certainly not all rosy at Goodison Park at the moment.

So with all this doom and gloom around the blue half of Merseyside it might be time for some more positive news.

And Martinez certainly had plenty of good news to share as well.

The official Everton Twitter account has been relaying the main points from Martinez's interview with the club website, and there is good news on the topics of Ross Barkley, Bryan Oviedo and Sylvain Distin.

Barkley injured his knee in training back in August, after colliding with Gareth Barry at Finch Farm. His knee ligament damage looked like potentially ruling him out for the season - but he has recovered faster than expected and he is now set to return to training next week.

Oviedo only recently returned to action after a horror double leg break in January, but he went under the knife yesterday. However it was a routine operation to remove a screw from the affected area and is expected to miss no action after a couple of days rest.

Meanwhile Distin's return is timely. The veteran defender will now be asked to fill in for Stones - who is of course out until 2015.

So while it is easy to get miserable after this day at Everton, remember there are plenty of positives going forward beyond the international break.

However, just to bring you down once again, James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman are still not back to full fitness and are being assessed daily.

For Everton to pick up their results they will need as many players back fighting fit once the international break comes to an end.

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